This site is a personal shrine-journal expressing my thoughts, meditations and research on Bride (Brigid, Brigit etc.) While I personally work within the framework of Gaelic Polytheism, I respect that Bride is honoured in other traditions including Celtic Christianity as a Saint. It is my belief that some of the traditions associated with the Saint stem from those belonging to the pre-Christian goddess, however it is also possible that St. Brigid was a living, seperate individual who only shared a name with the daughter of the Daghda.  I remain open minded to Bride as both Goddess and Saint and honour both as aspects of her being.

Gaelic Polytheism and Celtic Reconstruction religions place a strong emphasis on research from historical sources and records of folklore, and in keeping with this I do my best to reference scholarly sources and include my sources in each post. That said, as this is a personal praxis much of what I post and discuss here will be Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG) which I will always label as such and do not expect others to recognise as truth, fact or tradition.

It is my personal opinion that the CR and GP communities serve as a whole to promote research and provide education to the highest levels of scholarship. However in Personal Practise I believe UPG is equally valid and indeed important, as we take our guidance first from the Gods, Ancestors and Spirits and secondly from learned peoples and elders.

A note on pronunciation:

Bride is the Scots Gaelic spelling of Brigit/Brigit, it is correctly written with the accent: í which indicates the ‘ee’ sound, as in ‘feed.’ I do not use the accent on this site as I’ve yet to figure out a keyboard shortcut for it.

There does not seem to be a univerally correct pronunciation of Bride (it varies locally) however the first vowel should always have the ‘ee’ sound. Some pronounce Her name ‘breed’ or ‘breet’ but personally I prefer a soft consonant ‘bree-ja’ as this is how I have heard it pronounced by native speakers.

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